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Activists: Vatican is 'Meddling' in Italy's LGBT Rights Law

Activists: Vatican is 'Meddling' in Italy's LGBT Rights Law

By Colleen Barry | Jun 22, 2021

The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed Italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community, a leading Italian newspaper reported Tuesday.

What Supreme Court Foster Ruling Means for LGBTQ Rights

What Supreme Court Foster Ruling Means for LGBTQ Rights

Jun 21, 2021

The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of a Catholic adoption agency that had been excluded from Philadelphia's foster programs for refusing to work with same-sex couples will be consequential.

First Look: New Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Erected in Long Beach

First Look: New Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Erected in Long Beach

By Emell Adolphus | Jun 19, 2021

After a suspected arson destroyed the original tower, the community came together to put up a new symbol of Pride at Long Beach.

Court: If Bias Rules have Exceptions, Faith Groups Qualify

Court: If Bias Rules have Exceptions, Faith Groups Qualify

By Peter Smith | Jun 18, 2021

Governmental entities are on notice that if they want to ban discrimination against LGBTQ persons or anyone else, they must not allow for any exceptions, or else religious groups will have the right to ask for them and have a strong case for getting them.

Southern Baptist Convention Faces Push from the Right

Southern Baptist Convention Faces Push from the Right

By Travis Loller | Jun 15, 2021

The Southern Baptist Convention is electing a new president Tuesday amid a push to wrest control of the denomination by ultraconservatives who say some current leaders are too liberal on issues that include race and the role of women in ministry.

Watch: Preacher Tony Spell Wants Manly Men with Grease on Their Hands. Really.

Watch: Preacher Tony Spell Wants Manly Men with Grease on Their Hands. Really.

Jun 14, 2021

Right Wing Watch reported that Louisiana preacher Tony Spell recently declared that "the world needs to see some manly preachers" like him, before alluding to manly men with grease on their hands and callouses on their knees.

Pope Rejects German Cardinal's Resignation, Urges Reform

Pope Rejects German Cardinal's Resignation, Urges Reform

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 10, 2021

Pope Francis refused Thursday to let German Cardinal Reinhard Marx resign over the sex abuse scandal in the church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the "catastrophe" of the crisis.

Mormon Sex Therapist's Ouster Stirs Worries of Shame Culture

Mormon Sex Therapist's Ouster Stirs Worries of Shame Culture

By Sophia Eppolito | Jun 9, 2021

Sex therapist Lisa Butterworth has long been willing to delve into sensitive sexuality questions with clients who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pope Voices 'Pain' Over Canadian Deaths, Doesn't Apologize

Pope Voices 'Pain' Over Canadian Deaths, Doesn't Apologize

By Frances D'Emilio | Jun 6, 2021

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run boarding schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on "this sad affair."

Watch: No Longer Gay, Milo Yiannopoulos Gets a Message from God

Watch: No Longer Gay, Milo Yiannopoulos Gets a Message from God

Jun 6, 2021

God works in mysterious ways, or so the saying goes. Offering his own cock-eyed proof of that statement is ex-gay, ultra-conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos with his own divine sign.

Wisconsin Priest Digs in to Refuse Bishop's Demand to Resign

Wisconsin Priest Digs in to Refuse Bishop's Demand to Resign

By Todd Richmond and David Crary | Jun 5, 2021

The Rev. James Altman calls himself "a lowly priest" serving a blue-collar city in western Wisconsin. But when his bishop demanded his resignation — after a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic — Altman refused to oblige.

Falwell: Liberty University Lawsuit Is Excuse to Shame Him

Falwell: Liberty University Lawsuit Is Excuse to Shame Him

Jun 5, 2021

Jerry Falwell Jr. is asking a court in Virginia to dismiss a lawsuit Liberty University filed over his headline-grabbing departure last year as leader of the evangelical school his father founded.

Opinion: Why the Ban on Conversion Therapy Has to Include Religious Groups

Opinion: Why the Ban on Conversion Therapy Has to Include Religious Groups

May 28, 2021

After many delays, the government's concern about whether religion should be exempt from prohibiting conversion therapy in England and Wales has led to more setbacks.

Kentucky Ties to Baptist Kids Agency at Risk Over Gay Rights

Kentucky Ties to Baptist Kids Agency at Risk Over Gay Rights

By Bruce Schreiner | May 28, 2021

A cultural clash pitting religious beliefs against gay rights has jeopardized Kentucky's long-running relationship with a foster care and adoption agency affiliated with the Baptist church that serves some of the state's most vulnerable children.

Watch: Hillsong Church Founder Opens Up About Gay Congregants, Celebrity Pastor's Firing

Watch: Hillsong Church Founder Opens Up About Gay Congregants, Celebrity Pastor's Firing

By Kilian Melloy | May 19, 2021

The founder of Hillsong Church spoke on the "Today" show about Hillsong's treatment of LGBTQ congregants and the firing of celebrity pastor, Carl Lentz.

Out Trans Bishop Elected in Evangelical Lutheran Church

Out Trans Bishop Elected in Evangelical Lutheran Church

By Kilian Melloy | May 10, 2021

For the first time, a major denomination of the Christian faith tradition has elected an out transgender cleric to bishop.

2 Catholic Bishops at Odds over Biden Receiving Communion

2 Catholic Bishops at Odds over Biden Receiving Communion

By David Crary | May 9, 2021

They share Roman Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there's a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

Cancel Culture Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Church Discipline

Cancel Culture Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Church Discipline

May 2, 2021

The quest for moral accountability finds its greatest successes — and surprises — when rebuke and counterrebuke give way to authentic listening.

Franklin Graham Joins Campaign Against Pride Flags Being Flown at Embassies

Franklin Graham Joins Campaign Against Pride Flags Being Flown at Embassies

Apr 27, 2021

Franklin Graham joined fellow conservative Newt Gingrich in opposing the Pride flag being flown at U.S. embassies.

Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars

By Katja Ridderbusch | Apr 16, 2021

Airport chaplains have become close witnesses to people's worsening mental condition. "No doubt, the pandemic has accelerated the need for our services to a new level," said the Rev. Greg McBrayer.

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